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Why You need an Inverter Once you have Kids

2019-03-19T08:55:08+00:00

Having children is a life-changing experience that requires dedication and care. Although the joys of parenthood are incomparable, it involves a lot of hard work and decision-making. Parents need to consider their environment and other relevant factors when making decisions that concern the well-being of their kids. In Nigeria, the inconsistent power supply makes it impossible to live without some form of backup power. In this article, we’re going to share with you 9 reasons why choosing Luminous inverter as a power backup is the best decision for you once you have kids.

1

Once you decide to go with Luminous inverter, there’s no need to keep fuel around the house which could result in a terrible disaster if your kids come across it or have access to it. An Inverter does not require fuel to operate and as such prevents the likelihood of a fire outbreak in your home or your kids handling fuel if not stored properly.

2

Luminous Inverters are eco-friendly and do not produce harmful toxins such as the deadly carbon monoxide (CO) which could put your kids at risk if inhaled in an enclosed space. Although CO can’t be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you can’t smell exhausted fumes, you and your kids may still be exposed to it.

3

Having kids can be expensive, so it would always be in your best interest to save money however you can. Choosing a Luminous Inverter as your backup power is a smart move. With Luminous, there’s no need to purchase fuel or pay regular and exorbitant maintenance fees.

4

Luminous Inverters are silent, giving you and your little ones the much-needed sleep you both deserve. Your kids need a lot of rest to properly develop. Getting a backup power that produces loud noises especially at night undermines this.

5

With Luminous powering your home with reliable electricity, your kids have the opportunity to study at home and access other self-learning programs and apps on a tablet or computer to help speed their learning process.

6

Choosing Luminous Inverter means even when power cuts happen while you’re away from home, your kids would still have fresh food. You don’t have to worry about your foodstuffs going bad as the backup power from your Inverter restores electricity instantaneously.

7

Protecting your family from break-ins and intrusions once you have kids is vital. Backing up your power with Luminous Inverter ensures a reliable power supply to protect you from unwanted intrusions by restoring security lights and systems instantly.

8

You and your kids can sleep soundly with an inverter. You don’t have to wake up in the middle of the night dripping with sweat just because there is no electricity. Your Luminous Inverter would restore your light automatically the power cuts, so you don’t have to do anything.

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Using a Luminous Inverter allows you to spend more uninterrupted moments with your children. You don’t have to pause your game time, movie time or play time when the lights go out. Studies have shown that children crave time with their parents and doing this would make your child feel special.

Why You need an Inverter Once you have Kids2019-03-19T08:55:08+00:00

Solar Inverters: Maintenance

2019-03-19T08:28:18+00:00

Your solar inverter efciency and lifespan is directly related to how well you maintain your inverter. Solar inverter maintenance consists of yearly inverter inspections and component replacements according to product-specic maintenance schedules. Inverters are highly technical devices and we recommend only trained technicians to install them or run maintenance. Our team of experts have compiled a list of tips and safety measures you should apply to keep your solar inverter running smoothly;

1

The inverter has been certified to ensure the maximum temperature does not exceed safety limits; however, you should be cautious not to touch or leave any heat-sensitive or flammable items on or near the inverter.

2

Inverters above a certain size come with a cooling fan to maintain efficiency. Do not cover or limit the airflow around your inverter; this will prevent adequate cooling.

3

If your inverter is showing an error code or is displaying a different light than usual, this is another indicator that your inverter needs maintenance and that you should contact our Simba Service team at your earliest convenience.

4

You are required to leave enough distance around the inverter in case an authorized service person or, in case of emergency, a fire marshal needs to access it.

5

Very dusty conditions may require a technician to clean the inverter’s air intake filter. Do not attempt to open your inverter. Contact our Simba Service team at 07001112233.

6

As a general rule, if your inverter has a fan for cooling, you should leave 12 inches clear around the unit.

7

Pets and children should be kept away from your inverter.

Solar Inverters: Maintenance2019-03-19T08:28:18+00:00

The Ultimate Guide To Choose the Right Inverter

2019-02-27T20:59:10+00:00

An inverter is a device that collects electricity and stores it in a battery, to be redeployed in times of power cuts. Today, more and more Nigerians are looking to inverters to solve their power backup needs. When buying an inverter, these are some of the things you should consider.

Calculate your electrical load to choose the inverter capacity you need.

Inverters come in various sizes and have different capacities for different loads. That is why you need to make sure that the size of the inverter is powerful enough to manage the load, or total wattage, of your appliances. We have developed a tool that help you calculate the load.

Select the technology best suitable for your inverter:

  • Pure Sine Wave Inverter: Sine Waves inverters are usually better suited to the needs of our appliances since they provide a purer electrical supply. They are usually more expensive than square wave inverters – and with good reason – they are safer and make almost no noise.
  • Square wave inverters are more affordable; they produce square waved output which is not ideal for expensive electronic equipment, and usually make a little noise.

Check how much backup time you will need.

You also need to consider the backup time you will need when getting an inverter. The length of time that an inverter will last depends on the battery size, as well as the total wattage of all the appliances it is carrying. You can book an appointment with a Luminous expert to help you evaluate the battery size you need in your house.

Below are the different types of batteries available.

  • Tubular Wet cell: This is the ideal battery for deep cycle usage with Luminous Inverters and Solar Home UPS. Designed exclusively for inverters and UPS, this is an excellent product that provides the longest duty life with minimal maintenance needs. This battery is particularly suitable for use in areas with frequent power cuts. The recommendation is to go for Tubular as they last much longer.
  • SMF AGM: Deep Cycle SMF (Sealed Maintenance Free) / VRLA Valve Regulated Lead Acid) batteries for backup applications, which although they are not perfect for inverters, do the job pretty well – without needing any maintenance whatsoever. We always recommend you choose a reputed brand, since there are many sub-par SMF batteries available in the market
  • SMF GEL: The SMF Gel batteries provide a good in-between option. They are usually much better than Standard VRLA batteries, utilizing specialized gel electrolyte to reduce negative plate sulphation in the battery, thus helping them to be last longer. They also have the added advantage of being maintenance free. Of course, this also usually means these batteries are more expensive than the Tubular or SMF ones.

For the longest lasting, most cost economical battery, we recommend Tubular.

Other Inverter Features to note

Apart from the essential functions mentioned earlier, such as the battery size, type of battery, backup time and battery technology, it is also important to know other features: which help distinguish better brands.

  • Smart display of voltage range and power backup remaining.
  • Overload protection which helps protect the inverter in case of heavier load.
  • A full short circuit protection in case of a wrong electrical connections which could lead to electrical surge
  • A miniature circuit breaker (MCB) which ensures the inverter is protected against overload and short circuit.
  • Overcharging solutions, which ensure long battery life and provide long-lasting service for your needs.
  • A quality charger as this helps to preserve the “service life” of the inverter.

Choose the brand with the Best Service Support

Customer support is a major consideration when you are deciding between brands. This will ensure that you get immediate support in case you face any challenges. It will also ensure a professional manages your installation, maintenance or upgrading. Inverters are products that make your life easier, so why settle for a brand which doesn’t have good customer service. Only a few brands in the market are serviced by the award-winning Simba Service customer care center. Luminous is one of them!

Below are some of the thing you need to check regarding the company you are buying an inverter from:

  • Make sure they have many authorized installers and technicians spread nationwide, so that even if you move, or give away your old inverter when upgrading to a bigger one, you will never be left without anyone to repair your inverter.
  • Nationwide Spare parts available. A technician with missing parts cannot do much for you.
  • A respectable one-year warranty, at least.
  • 24 hours call center. After all, once you buy an inverter, you will not be able to do without one.

The Ultimate Guide To Choose the Right Inverter2019-02-27T20:59:10+00:00

9 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Inverters

2019-02-27T19:57:02+00:00

What is an inverter and how does it work?

An inverter is a device that collects electricity and stores it in a battery, to be redeployed in times of power cuts.

An inverter works by converting Direct Current (DC) which is stored in batteries to Alternating Current (AC) which our appliances require.

How do I know which inverter and batteries I need?

For the size of the inverter you need to know what is the total load you want to carry (number of bulbs, frigde, ACs, TV..) and add up the total Wattage.

For the size and number of batteries, you need to know how long power backup you need and the battery size that will allow you to reach that backup time.

Can I recharge my inverter with my Generator?

Yes, you can. Though you should prioritise electrical supply from the grid (PHCN), the inverter will work just fine in conjunction with a generator.

Should I place it outdoors or indoors?

Home Inverters, especially ones used to power essential household appliances should be installed indoors. They must be set in dry areas and must be well ventilated.

Some people may prefer to have their inverters outdoor, most especially in the garage where there is enough space to accommodate them.  However, they must be kept in dry areas and away from direct sunlight. They should also be placed in a dust-free environment with the right amount of airspace.

How does the installation work?

If you are not an expert, it is safer to employ the services of certified installers. You can contact us to receive the full list of Luminous certified installers in your area.

Are the running costs higher than for my generator?

No, they are not. As highlighted in an earlier post, Advantages of inverters over generators, inverters are much cheaper to run than generators. They do not require constant maintenance, and most importantly – they do not need to be fuelled. There is only a minimal level of support carried out on an inverter.

What is the lifespan of an inverter? What is the lifespan of batteries?

The lifespan of an inverter depends on the environment. If well looked after, and placed in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area, a good inverter can last up to 10 years.

The lifespan of the battery depends on the number of ‘cycles’ it offers, and how often it is used.

Do you offer a warranty?

Yes, they range from one year to two years, depending on the product.

9 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Inverters2019-02-27T19:57:02+00:00

Advantages of Inverters over Generators

2019-02-27T20:59:48+00:00

Inverters and generators are both great backup sources of electricity, and deciding which to use depends on various factors. While a generator is more commonly used, inverters are being more adopted nowadays, for different reasons. Some of these are:

Inverters are safer

Inverters are much more reliable to use than generators.

First, using a generator requires buying and storing petrol/diesel. When doing this, one has to be very careful because such fuels are highly flammable. Inverters do not require any fuel.

Second, generators emit fumes- which apart from being bad for the environment, are also dangerous for your health. Inverters do not produce fumes.

Inverters are silent

Generators make a lot of noise when turned on. This can be very annoying, for the user.  Inverters on the other hand are primarily electrical products, and produce almost no noise.

Inverters have lower running maintenance costs.

Inverters are easy to run, relative to generators. Generators require fuel to power it as well as engine oil to lubricate its parts for smoother operation. Generators also require monthly maintenance. The cost of professional repairs, maintenance and regular fueling makes the usage of a generator very expensive. Inverters require no fuel and need very little maintenance.

Inverters have inbuilt surge defence.

Inverters are built to be able to withstand spikes in power. They have miniature circuit breakers which help them resist an overload in power.

In a situation where there is a wrong connection, or there is too much electricity flowing, the circuit breakers will break up the power until this is fixed. Circuit breakers also help to prevent overloading of the power source.

Inverters turn on automatically when power is cut.

Inverters are designed to come up automatically in the event of a power outage. This is a true definition of an uninterrupted power supply. Generators do not have such ability, and you have to put them on manually before power can be restored.

Advantages of Inverters over Generators2019-02-27T20:59:48+00:00

5 Common Mistakes People make while buying Inverters

2019-02-27T21:06:19+00:00

Getting started with the right inverter can be tricky, especially for those who have little knowledge about the category.

Since the most common mistakes are known to us, here are some important things to consider.

Buying from an unauthorised Dealers/Retailers

When you buy an inverter, make sure you purchase from trusted and authorised dealers. A good dealer will make sure to provide you the best products and will always have genuine spare parts. This way, you can be sure that the product not only contains safety features to prevent damage to the device but also has a warranty cover in case of damage due to uncontrollable circumstances within the specified period.

Placing it incorrectly

Make sure the area chosen has plenty of clean air, is large enough for air circulation and not exposed to humidity; excessive heat or corrosive elements. If in doubt, be sure to use a trusted, company authorized installer.

Mounting incorrect solar panels (In case of hybrid Inverters)

Correct solar panel installation is critical. However, many people do not give enough thought to this and simply mount solar panels on roof tops where they look best.

If you reside in the northern hemisphere, your panel system should be mounted on the south side of your rooftop, if the roof does not have a south side, then you can install them on the west side. The tilt angle should be equal to the latitude for that location for maximum solar production, and shading analysis should be done for that location.

Installation of Inverter by Untrained Technicians

This applies any time you hire someone to come to your home for installation. Credentials and references are especially important, but it’s also best to insure the technician is authorized by a reputed brand. Giving installation to an untrained or semi-trained technician could be very hazardous and may end up costing you more.

Underestimating their consumption and backup time

One common mistake many solar and inverter users make is underestimating their power consumption. We all have a lot of different devices in our homes, but we do not know how much energy they are consuming. One way to know one’s device consumption is conducting an energy audit. Energy audits provide accurate power and energy data for your home. The beauty of this method is that it allows you to get a well-formatted energy report that you can use for future purposes and is also inexpensive. Our online load estimation tool, can be used for free, to help you get a good estimate.

5 Common Mistakes People make while buying Inverters2019-02-27T21:06:19+00:00

Difference between Pure Sine Wave and Modified Sine Wave

2019-03-11T13:09:58+00:00

The function of Inverters is to convert stored direct current (DC) power in your batteries into alternating current (AC) power, like the kind you get in your home so that you can run your electrical appliances. However, there are two kinds of Inverters; There’s one kind that converts direct current to the pure sine wave and the other that converts power to the modified sine wave. As a non-technical person, all this might sound difficult, so we put together this guide to help you save time and some money in the long term.

Pure Sine Wave

A pure sine wave inverter is more complex than a modified sine wave inverter and as a result, is a more expensive item to purchase but more cost effective and much safer in the long run. Pure sine wave power flows in even, arching waves and is generally needed for newer LED TVs, CFL light bulbs, and inductive loads like brushless motors. Clocks and audio equipment behave much better on a pure sine wave. These inverters use more sophisticated technology to protect even the most sensitive electronics. They produce power which equals – or is better than – the power in your home.

Appliances may be damaged or not function properly without pure smooth power. This safety is guaranteed by pure sine inverters. Use these inverters for televisions, laptops, digital microwaves, fridges, and other sensitive electronic equipment. Pure Sine inverters can power just about any AC appliance without risk of damage. A significant advantage of a pure sine wave inverter is that consumer electronics and electrical appliances sold on the market is designed for a pure sine wave.

This guarantees that equipment on a pure sine wave will work to its full specifications.

Some appliances, such as motors and microwave ovens only produce full output with pure sine wave power.  Audio equipment, satellite systems, and video equipment will run properly using pure sine wave inverters.

Modified Sine Wave

A modified sine wave power has a waveform more like a square wave, but with an extra step. Using a more basic form of technology than pure sine wave inverters, they produce power which is perfectly adequate for powering basic electronics.

A modified sine wave inverter works fine with most equipment, although the efficiency or power of the material will reduce over some time. Use modified sine wave inverters to provide power for less sensitive appliances like phone chargers, heaters, and air conditioners. Appliances with electronic timers or digital clocks will often not operate correctly. Many appliances get their timing from the peak of the line power – basically, the modified sine has a flat top rather than a peak – this may cause the occasional double trigger. Because the modified sine wave is noisier and rougher than a pure sine wave, clocks, timers, radios and power drills may run faster or not work at all.

How to Determine Which Power Source is Right for You?

To answer that question, you need to consider how you want to use your inverter. The more complex and sensitive your appliances and equipment are, the more likely you will need a Pure Sine Wave inverter. If on the other hand your power demand is simple, and you have no plans of acquiring today’s sensitive electronic devices then the Modified Sine Wave inverter is a better choice. Still in doubt? Feel free to contact us on 0700 111 22 33.

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Difference between Pure Sine Wave and Modified Sine Wave2019-03-11T13:09:58+00:00

Why you need a Tubular Battery

2019-02-27T20:42:32+00:00

Tubular batteries last at least twice as long as normal flat plate batteries, this is because the positive active material does not shed off due to the protection offered by the tubes. Typical life ranges from 4 to 8 years. We will go in details what is a battery, how it works and the difference between tubular and normal batteries.

What is a battery?

A battery is a storage device for electrochemical energy which is being used for lighting and electrical applications.

What is the use of the battery in an inverter setup?

The battery is the backbone of your inverter system. The performance and life of an inverter largely depend upon the battery quality. The battery is responsive of the length during which your inverter will be able to run your equipment. This is what is called the battery capacity.

Which types of batteries are available.

  • Tubular Wet cell: This is the ideal battery for deep cycle usage with Luminous Inverters and Solar Home UPS. Designed exclusively for inverters and UPS, this is an excellent product that provides the longest duty life with minimal maintenance needs. This battery is particularly suitable for use in areas with frequent power cuts. The recommendation is to go for Tubular as they last much longer.
  • SMF AGM: Deep Cycle SMF (Sealed Maintenance Free) / VRLA Valve Regulated Lead Acid) batteries for backup applications, which although they are not perfect for inverters, do the job pretty well – without needing any maintenance whatsoever. We always recommend you choose a reputed brand, since there are many sub-par SMF batteries available in the market
  • SMF GEL: The SMF Gel batteries provide a good in-between option. They are usually much better than Standard VRLA batteries, utilizing specialized gel electrolyte to reduce negative plate sulphation in the battery, thus helping them to be last longer. They also have the added advantage of being maintenance free. Of course, this also usually means these batteries are more expensive than the Tubular or SMF ones.

Benefits of tubular batteries over flat batteries:

Why are tubular batteries most suitable in a UPS application?

A tubular battery uses technology that seals the active material in polyester tubes called gauntlets, instead of pasting it on the surface of the plate. As a result, there’s no shedding or corrosion, ensuring long battery life. Owing to their toughness and durability, tubular batteries can operate at extreme temperatures and are used in high cyclic applications involving frequent and prolonged power outages.

Bonus: What are the features that should be considered while buying a battery?

There are three primary points that need to be taken into consideration while buying a battery.

Size, Power and Warranty: When buying a new battery, we suggest you purchase a battery with the highest amp hour rating and warranty possible. Of course the physical size, cable hook up and terminal type must be taken into consideration too. Be sure to purchase the correct type of battery for the job it is expected to do. The freshness of a new battery is very important. The longer a battery sits idle and is not re-charged, the more damaging sulfation build up there may be on the plates. Most batteries have a code of the manufacturing date on them. Remember, the fresher the better!

Why you need a Tubular Battery2019-02-27T20:42:32+00:00

How to Increase the Life of your Inverter Battery.

2019-02-27T20:52:05+00:00

When you decide to purchase an inverter and battery as an alternate power source for your home or office, it is imperative that you treat your inverter battery with care to get the best out of your purchase and extend its lifespan. Our team of experts have compiled some tips to help you manage and extend the lifespan of your inverter battery.

Keep your inverter batteries corrosion free and rust free.

Rusting in terminals reduces the current flow to and from the battery. This restricted flow of current results in slow battery charging and decreases battery life and eventually affects your inverter back up. If corrosion and rust occur, pour hot water + baking soda solution on the corrosive area or use a toothbrush for cleaning; this will help remove the corrosion. To avoid rust and corrosion keep your battery in a dry place and apply petroleum jelly on the terminals.

Use inverter battery regularly

Make regular use of the inverter battery. In case you don’t witness any power-cuts in your house or office, discharge the battery completely once every month and then charge it again. It is imperative to charge the inverter batteries correctly to maintain the backup time.

Keep in Cool Place away from Dust

Use a well-ventilated area for inverter installation. The inverter battery gets heated up during charging and operation, so it is important to have a cool temperature to reduce the heating up of the battery.  Always keep the surface and sides of battery clean and dust free. Use a cotton cloth to clean these surfaces.

Check your battery water level

Check your battery water level every two months. Make sure you maintain the water level between recommended level. Always top up the battery with distilled water. Do not use tap water or rain water as it contains excess minerals and impurities which affect the life and performance of the battery.

Replace worn out batteries

Replace the batteries of your inverter if they are worn out. Over time batteries lose their designated capacity thus reducing the backup. Buy quality batteries that will last longer and also guarantee the correct charge storage capacity. Inferior quality batteries fail prematurely and do not offer sufficient backup. Luminous batteries are the most efficient batteries. They have an intricate design, excellent efficiency, longer operational life, and low maintenance.

How to Increase the Life of your Inverter Battery.2019-02-27T20:52:05+00:00